Buda Hills

Address: Buda Hills, Budapest, Hungary

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The city’s breathing space – a place for bikes, hikes and picnics.

While Pest is flat, built up and busy, the river bank on the Buda side gives way to a range of green hills. The Buda Hills offer an area of respite for Budapesters looking to escape the heat of the city centre in the summer months. Hiking, cycling and picnicking are all popular pastimes here. You can ride a chairlift up to an impressive 19th-century viewing tower, take a tour of one of the stalactite caves that lie beneath hills or visit the Budakeszi Wildlife Park. Perhaps the best way to get to the hilly heart is aboard the two narrow-gauge trains – the clacking Cogwheel Railway and the Children’s Railway (all the staff being kids – with the exception of the driver, you’ll be reassured to hear...).

Value for money

Price advice

The Children’s Railway costs single/return: adult 700/1,400 forints, child 350/700 forints. You can travel on the Cogwheel Railway with a standard transport ticket.

Expert tips

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Sporty types
  • Travellers with pets
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Nature / wildlife